The Moon Mountain Ramblers have always stayed on the creative edge of acoustic music. This increasingly popular group (voted best band by readers of local paper, The Source Weekly, in 2004, 2008, 2009 and best wedding band in 2012), has consistently been one of the hardest working and most successful bands in Oregon for a decade. Even in Bend, which has a strong and fast-growing music scene that brings in plenty of tough outside competition, the band continues to sell out the hottest venues in town.
At first glance, the Ramblers may look like a traditional bluegrass band, with the classic instrumentation of fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar and upright bass. However, with the addition of full percussion and musical inspirations with no boundaries, this band has truly found their own unique niche in the world of acoustic music. If you attend a show, or listen to any of the band’s albums, it won’t take long to recognize the variety of musical influences this band uses to create their ever-growing library of original music and creative covers. With tasteful flavors of Celtic, Bluegrass, Jazz, Latin, Rock and more, MMR can most closely be labeled as an Acoustic Americana, Jamgrass Band.
The Moon Mountain Ramblers have had the honor of sharing the stage with such great acts as: The David Grisman Quintet, Del McCoury Band, John Reischman and the Jaybirds, Asleep at the Wheel, Jackstraw, the Gourds, Hot Buttered Rum, New Monsoon, Sneakin’ Out, Taarka and others. MMR has twice hosted their own Moon Mountain Music Festival (2008, 2009) and kicked off the Moon Mountain Music Camp in 2010. The Moon Mountain Ramblers have performed at festivals throughout the Northwest including: the Sisters Folk Festival, Siskiyou Bluegrass Festival, Northwest String Summit, 4 Peaks Music Festival, Mountain Stomp, Prospect Bluegrass Festival, Bend Brew and others.
Press About the Moon Mountain Ramblers:
The Moon Mountain Ramblers, a string band from Bend, have created their own soulful interpretation of traditional bluegrass, swing music and country music. Listen to their tunes and you’ll hear Django Reinhardt-flavored acoustic jazz or country rock a la Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Laurie Heuston (Tempo, Mail Tribune)
The Best band I saw at 4 Peaks on Saturday was Bend’s own Americana string band the Moon Mountain Ramblers.
Ben Salmon (music reporter of The Bulletin in Bend)
Built on more of a jazz and blues than bluegrass foundation, the combo likes to embark on polyphonic sprees and improvisational interludes.
(Joe Ross, music writer Bluegrass Now)
Schulte’s title track is a joyous blast of rock ‘n’ roll… . [Wasson]’s ‘Chasing the Sun’ is a new-traditional fiddle tune that will flutter it’s way into your heart. Hyman’s songs are the twangiest of the bunch, evoking visions of cowboys and campfires. And McClung’s instrumentals incorporate a little jazz, a little swing, and a whole lot of Middle Eastern flavor on the 11-minute-long jam ‘El Serpiente.’
Review of “Let it all be Good” from Ben Salmon of The Bulletin (Bend, OR)
Instrumentation: Matt Hyman – acoustic guitar, dobro, lead vocal; Joe Schulte – mandolin, lead vocals; Dan McClung – acoustic bass, harmonica, vocals; Jenny Harada – violin, vocals; Dale Largent – hand percussion
Discography: Moon Mountain Ramblers (2004), Borderline (2006), Let It All Be Good (2009), Live at the Tower (2010) (double disc). A new release was initiated in the studio in January 2013, with an anciticapted release of summer 2013.